We’ve run several roundups featuring “Tiny yet Useful” — those little apps that aren’t aren’t going to change your career, but they sure do help you out with some tiny part of your work. They might be tools that help you clean up your code, quickly share images, make invoices or resumes, or anything else.
Those roundups didn’t cover anywhere near all of the tiny apps that could be included. There’s dozens more that we’ve covered in our reviews, and there’s far too many tiny useful web apps out there to cover them all. And, we each have different needs, so some of us will find one tool infinitely useful while it’s not even interesting to another.
That’s why we’d like to hear about your favorite tiny yet useful web apps. These should be apps that you can use in less than a step or two, ideally ones that don’t require you to make an account and have few/no settings to tweak. They’re straightforward tools, like a screwdriver, that do one job well.
Which ones do you rely on?
Anyone that’s created or maintained a website will know that it’s crucial to know as much about your users as possible to ensure a website’s success. Tools like Google Analytics are perfect for this sort of task but there always comes a time where perhaps you need a little bit more control.
I came across this little gem a few years ago when I wasn’t even looking for an alternative and found it to be quite useful. I recently revisited it and was pleasantly surprised at how far the project has progressed.
Enter Piwik. With a rich feature set similar to the top website analytics apps that gracefully line the web, Piwik is also free and open source, which means you can install the latest stable version on any server. Read on to find out more!
One of the recent trends in blogging has been the implementation of flat file blogging systems that take your Markdown files and render them as blog posts in beautiful website form. However, a lot of these are self-hosted and for those who may not have the technical knowledge to get one of these set up, or perhaps just want to get on with blogging, they’ll be pleased to know there’s a pretty good solution that aims to get bloggers up and running in mere minutes.
That solution is Scriptogr.am.
Scriptogr.am is both a frontend and a backend for your blog, taking the Markdown files from its designated folder in your Dropbox and collating them into a fully-featured and working blog. Also, did I mention it’s free? Find out more after the fold! (more…)
You’ve made a design, and need some quick feedback on it. So, you upload it to CloudApp, share the link on Twitter, and wait for the @replies to come in. At best, you’ll get 140 character replies, letting you know what needs fixed. But good luck figuring out exactly what they’re talking about, since they can’t point to the spot on the design they’re talking about to show you.
There’s dozens of apps for feedback on designs, but most at least require you to make an account and at worst require those giving you feedback to make an account. How about something radically simpler?
Making a contact form online is usually a tedious process, even if you’re using a form app. You’ll have to make an account, choose what you want on the form, and more.
But no more. JotForm Instant, our sponsor this week, is a new, free form tool that lets you make forms in 2 steps, no account required. Just pick the form template, enter your email address, and share the link. That’s it!
You can choose from 2,500 ready-to-use templates for your form that’ll let you make contact forms, signup forms, job application forms, RSVP forms, lead generation forms, surveys, and more. There’s forms for almost anything you could think of. Then, you can either share the link to the form with your contacts, embed it in your site, or link to it with a button.
All of that, in just two simple steps. It couldn’t get simpler.
Go Make The Simplest Form You’ve Ever Made
You’ll have to try out JotForm Instant to see how simple it really is to use; it surprised me when I first tried it out. So go try it out, and you’ll have a form made in less than a minute. No joke.
Best of all, JotForm Instant is free for up to 100 form submissions/month, no registration needed. And, of course, no form building tools or web dev skills required. All you need is 2 clicks.
If you’re a designer — or an aspiring designer, or perhaps just someone who loves seeing beautiful pixel art — you’ve surely heard of Dribbble. The “Twitter for designers”, of a sort, Dribbble is the place to showcase shots of your latest design creations. It’s hardly a new site, and we actually reviewed it originally 3 years ago.
I’ve been playing around as designer for the past few months, especially after I was drafted on Dribbble. Then I wondered about going Pro, because, you know, the badge fits my color palette and I thought: “What if our readers ponder the same thing?”. So we’ll be looking through the pros and cons of going Pro on Dribble and by the end of the article I’ll be drafting one of our readers. That’s today’s game.
I’m always on the hunt for good plain text editors. I use them for just about everything now: I write in plain text for every one of my clients and for my own personal website. I even use Fountain, a Markdown-inspired plain text plain text syntax, to write movies. On my Mac, I’ve got a bunch of different apps that handle this kind of thing, but I’m not always on my Mac when inspiration hits. I’m not necessarily on my iPhone or iPad or Android devices either. Sometimes, I’m at a library.
So what then? I’ve been looking for a great plaintext/Markdown/Fountain editor that can handle all my needs that exists on the web. I haven’t found the perfect one yet (and really, what is perfect?), but Scribbler is so close that it’s nearly frustrating. Read on to find out why I think you might want to bookmark Scribbler. (more…)
There almost aren’t any barriers to entry into the eCommerce business. Secure and feature rich open source shopping carts, cheap hosting and effortless payment integration have made selling online a piece of cake. Once you have the inventory in place, you are ready to rake in cash as soon as the DNS propagation is done.
Ready to use, hosted storefronts from the likes of Shopify have made getting into online selling far more trivial. When the barriers to entry are virtually nil in a business, its the niche one chooses to operate in and the creative marketing campaigns that’ll decide their success.
Talking about creativity, a creative products marketplace sounds like a better business to be in rather than competing with the big box retailers. There can only be so much discount you can offer on diapers, books and shaving kits right? If that makes sense, you should try your hand at running your own Etsy-style site using Storenvy.